When you are working with a sponsor, communication is key. Whether you talk by email or phone, it's important to communicate early and openly. The following information will help you and your sponsor get the most out of the sponsorship program.
What should I tell my sponsor?
Don't expect your sponsor to know what you need. You'll want to let them know about your family and your transition so they can offer you information that best suits your circumstances.
What should I ask my sponsor?
Your sponsor will be able to answer many of your questions about your duty station and assist you as you make the transition. Read your welcome packet, check out Military OneSource and prepare a list of questions about your new duty station. Here are some things you might want to ask about:
- Your sponsor's family. Knowing if they are single, married or have children will help you know what types of information they may be familiar with.
- Area-specific information. Ask your sponsor about the local area, such as things to do or employment opportunities for your spouse.
- Schools. Your sponsor may have firsthand information on local schools for your children. You will also want to ask about the school liaison officer on your new installation, who can provide specifics on local school options.
- Temporary lodging. You'll want to ask about temporary lodging facilities. Also, inquire about restaurants and other amenities close to lodging.
- Contact information on your new installation. Your sponsor can put you in touch with installation services you may need, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, the housing office or the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.
- Housing options. Your sponsor will probably know the ins and outs of installation housing and off-installation neighborhoods.
- Child care. Your sponsor can check into child care options, both on and off the installation.
- Community tour. Once you have arrived, your sponsor can show you around the installation and the local community. Be sure to ask about specific places that may be important to your family.
- Overseas information. If you're moving overseas, ask about information specific to your host country, such as currency exchange, cost-of-living, schools, child care, culture, climate and what you should bring with you.